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Omega Ophthalmics is an eye implant platform with the power of continuous AR. Google and other tech companies have come up with glasses and contact lenses for the purposes of AR, but Omega Ophthalmics is taking a much more invasive approach by using surgically implanted lenses to create a space for augmented reality inside the eye. It sounds wild, but lens implants aren’t a new thing. Implanted lenses are commonly used as a solve for cataracts and other degenerative diseases mostly affecting senior citizens; about 3.6 million patients in the U.S. get some sort of procedure for the disease every year. Cataract surgery involves removal of the cloudy lens and replacing it with a thin artificial type of lens. Co-founder and board-certified ophthalmologist Gary Wortz saw an opportunity here to offer not just a lens but a platform to which other manufacturers could add different interactive sensors, drug delivery devices and the inclusion of AR/VR integration.

Though, he doesn’t expect young people with good vision to come running for AR implants anytime soon. Turning Plants Into Power Generators Trending. All plants have passageway networks inside of them where water and nutrients travel from one part of the planet to another, and researchers are discovering that these passageways can be harnessed in new and unique ways to benefit mankind. Among the things that they can be useful for is generating and storing electricity, as a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points out. Can we harness plants to generate electricity for us? Image Credit: Shutterstock All plants naturally absorb sunlight and utilize it to produce both oxygen and energy via photosynthesis, but it may be possible to harness these passageway networks to generate electricity for communities by transforming these internal passageway networks into electrical circuits.

To do this, researchers needed to find a way to channel the energy plants produce. To do this, a chemical dubbed ETE-S was injected into living plants' xylem networks. Source: Cyborg Roses Could Be Used To Grow Computer Systems. Imagine you could inject a special, electrically conductive fluid into a rose, which then spreads out through the plant and grows into it. Imagine creating an entire garden or forest of cyborg plants that act as a gigantic, biological computer network. Well, imagine no more – scientists from Sweden’s Linköping University have successfully managed to perform the former, while looking forward to the latter in the future. As reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a rose’s “veins” – its xylem – were filled with ETE-S, a conductive solution that spontaneously forms “wires” through its stems, leaves, and petals.

The rose’s own biochemical processes act as the catalyst for the proliferation of the gel, with no external stimulus required. This circuitry integrates itself between the cell walls and the plasma membranes, all without disrupting the normal biological workings of the plant. A very basic version of this was achieved by the same team in 2015. Sony patent application reveals new contact lenses that can record video. Sony has come up with intelligent contact lenses capable of recording and playing video - all with the blink of an eye. The Tokyo-based firm filed a patent application, published earlier this month, revealing how the smart lenses would use movements of the eyelids to activate various functions, CW33 reported.

Seven Japanese inventors designed the contacts, which would include a camera, a wireless processing unit and a storage unit. This means the lenses could store their own video - unlike Samsung's smart lenses patented earlier this month, which rely on a smartphone. Scroll down for video Sony filed a patent application (pictured), published earlier this month, revealing how smart lenses would use movements of the eyelids to activate various functions Sony's smart contacts would use sensors to detect when a user closes an eyelid. Depending on how long the eyelid remains closed, the lenses could distinguish voluntary movements from accidental blinking. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Scientists Hook Up Brain to Tablet—Paralyzed Woman Googles With Ease. From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It's usually a piece that was popular back then and we think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles.

It was originally published October 25th, 2015. We hope you enjoy it! For patient T6, 2014 was a happy year. That was the year she learned to control a Nexus tablet with her brain waves, and literally took her life quality from 1980s DOS to modern era Android OS. A brunette lady in her early 50s, patient T6 suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), which causes progressive motor neuron damage.

Brain-Machine Interfaces Like T6, millions of people worldwide have severe paralysis from spinal cord injury, stroke or neurodegenerative diseases, which precludes their ability to speak, write or otherwise communicate their thoughts and intentions to their loved ones. A Nexus to Nexus 9 But the team isn’t satisfied. Artificial Skin Feels the Heat. A team of engineers and researchers at Caltech and ETH Zurich say they have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes using a mechanism similar to the one used by the organ that allows pit vipers to sense their prey. The material could be grafted onto prosthetic limbs to restore temperature sensing in amputees, according to the scientists, who added that it could also be applied to first-aid bandages to alert health professionals of a temperature increase, a sign of infection, in wounds.

A paper about the new material will be published in Science Robotics on Wednesday. While fabricating synthetic woods in a petri dish, a team led by Caltech's Chiara Daraio, Ph.D., created a material that exhibited an electrical response to temperature changes in the lab. It turned out that the component responsible for the temperature sensitivity was pectin, a long-chain molecule present in plant cell walls. Microbial Nanowires Make for “Green” Electronics. The inner workings of that new cell phone or tablet could be made from bacteria in the not so distant future, as investigators from the University of Massachusetts Amherst just reported about a new type of natural wire produced by bacteria that could greatly accelerate the development of sustainable "green" conducting materials for the electronics industry.

In the new study, the researchers studied microbial nanowires—protein filaments that bacteria use naturally to make electrical connections with other microbes or minerals. “Microbial nanowires are a revolutionary electronic material with substantial advantages over man-made materials,” explained senior study investigator Derek Lovley, Ph.D., professor of microbiology at UMass Amherst. “Chemically synthesizing nanowires in the lab requires toxic chemicals, high temperatures, and/or expensive metals. The energy requirements are enormous. Until now Dr. Dr. ?articles. Vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch: these are the five major senses humans are accustomed to. Our understanding of the world has been shaped by the information we are accessing with these senses. But while these are the only senses humans perceive consciously, they are not the only senses that we have.

For example, the semicircular canals of the inner ear contribute to our sense of balance. Similarly, we know when our legs are stretched out or flexed because receptors inform about stretch and load on our muscle fibers and tendons. (See “Proprioception: The Sense Within.”) We also receive sensory feedback on the filling of our bladders and stomachs. Outside of humans, species across the animal kingdom harbor different—sometimes more powerful—sensory capabilities. Devices that provide humans with senses outside of the traditional five are on the horizon. Imagine this: infrared information is directly fed into your visual cortex. Such technology is not far off. Ce mobilier urbain est capable de produire autant d'oxygène qu'une petite forêt. Lors de l’exposition universelle de Milan 2015, le studio ecoLogicStudio basé à Londres a exposé un type de mobilier urbain offrant de l’ombre, produisant de l’énergie, de la nourriture et de l’oxygène, et ce en associant des technologies modernes et des particularités naturelles liées aux micro-algues.

Le monde de la recherche est souvent influencé par les lobbys, mais certains projets peuvent être source d’optimisme quant au fait d’abandonner nos modèles obsolètes de production centralisée et polluante. Le studio londonien ecoLogicStudio, en collaboration avec un second cabinet spécialisé, Taiyo Europe, avait dévoilé son projet Canopéee Urbaine Algae après six années de travail. Sa forme rappelle alors celle de la canopée, qui n’est autre que l’étage supérieur de la forêt, directement influencé par le rayonnement solaire. Il s’agit ici de fusionner les technologies digitales et les micro-organismes pour construire des structures intelligentes d’un nouveau genre.

New Robot Stingray Is Part Biological — It's Powered by Living Heart Cells. Researchers at Harvard University have created a biohybrid stingray. No larger than the average coin, the ray contains both biological and artificial parts—rat heart cells grown on a silicon mold fitted over a 3D printed gold skeleton. And it can move. Using a technique called optogenetics, the heart cells are genetically modified to contract when they’re hit with a beam of light. Watch how it's done: The heart cells are taken from two-day-old rat embryos and grown inside a pattern on a stingray-shaped mold to mimic the muscles of a living ray.

The biohybrid ray’s muscles move in one direction and the gold skeleton counters them like a spring. How does the biohybrid ray compare to similar robots? Still, it’s a pretty amazing invention with interesting implications for robots that aren’t entirely mechanical. “We’re getting to the point where there really is a fusion between biology and engineering,” says Frank Fish, a biomechanist at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Andrew O'Keefe. Amputee Gamer Gets Bionic Arm That Has Its Own Drone. When biological scientist James Young was pulled under a train in London in 2012, he feared the worst. His left foot was severed, and his left arm later had to be amputated to save his life. But now, four years later, he’s been given a new lease of life thanks to a futuristic-looking prosthetic arm.

The $90,000 device is a gadget-lover's dream, being packed full of technology and, of course, sporting a rather enticing look. It was designed especially for James by Sophie de Oliveira Barata from the Alternative Limb Project and, if you’re a gamer, it might look familiar. James, himself an avid gamer, had the design loosely based on Solid Snake’s bionic limb in Metal Gear Solid V. Together with a group of engineers, roboticists and designers, Barata put the arm together for James last year. James Young, appearing on BBC News this morning In the wrist of the arm is a smartwatch, something James was unable to use previously when it was on his other arm. Revolutionary Brain Implant Restores Hand Movement In Quadriplegic Patient. For many, paralysis or limb loss is a lifelong burden, and scientists across the world have been working around the clock to restore movement to these unfortunate few. Now, a new Nature study showcases what is not just a step but a leap forward in medical science.

A young man, who became a quadriplegic during a diving accident, is today able to grasp objects and even play video games using his own hand and fingers, after a novel device was surgically inserted into his brain. This remarkable breakthrough, spearheaded by researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center, promises to revolutionize the way paralysis is treated in the future.

“This is the first technique of its kind,” study co-author Chad Bouton of the New York-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research told IFLScience. “Neural recordings have been linked back to the body to allow movement in a human.” How to move a paralyzed hand. This new technique involves a different surgical method. Photo Gallery. Samsung Has Patented An Augmented Reality Smart-Contact Lens. Google Glass perhaps didn’t receive the earth-shattering response the company – and world – had expected.

However, a proposal that Samsung appears to have in the works could be the augmented reality wearable tech everybody is holding out for. It looks like the Korean tech giant has been thinking about creating the world’s first "smart" contact lenses, able to take photographs with the blink of an eye, technology blog Sammobile reports. Samsung has filed a patent in South Korea for a smart contact lens fitted with a camera and image display. In addition, it will feature sensors that can control certain functions simply by blinking.

The patent application says that the plan was originally applied for in September 2014, but has only recently been publically published. Don’t hold your hopes up too high, though. Nonetheless, it’s exciting times for technology. All image credits: Samsung/Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service Photo Gallery. Homepage Cybathlon – CYBATHLON Championship for Athletes with Disabilities | ETH Zurich. Labmanager. Video showing the bio-bots' assembly and walking courtesy of the University of Illinois. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light–and is following where the light shines. The bio-bots are powered by muscle cells that have been genetically engineered to respond to light, giving researchers control over the bots’ motion, a key step toward their use in applications for health, sensing, and the environment.

Led by Rashid Bashir, the University of Illinois head of bioengineering, the researchers published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Related Article: Tiny Bio-Robot is a Germ Suited-Up with Graphene Quantum Dots “Light is a noninvasive way to control these machines,” Bashir said. Researchers at Illinois developed the miniature biological robots. The researchers begin by growing rings of muscle tissue from a mouse cell line. Related Article: Researchers Build Nanoscale Autonomous Walking Machine from DNA. This Remarkable Robot Hand Is Worthy of Luke Skywalker. Most of today's robot hands can perform easy tasks. They’re uber-practical grippers, simple and useful. But is it really so much to ask for robotic masterworks as dextrous as Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand in Star Wars? In short, yes, yes it is. It might have been a long time ago in a galaxy far far away—but most Star Wars tech is beyond us.

Still, it’s hard not to get in a Star Wars state of mind watching this beautiful robot hand engineered by Yale postdoc Joseph (Zhe) Xu and the University of Washington's Emanuel Todorov. The hand closely mimics the natural design and structure of a human hand. Xu says, to date, human-inspired robotic hands have "mechanized biological parts" instead of trying to closely replicate them. Remotely manipulated by a person wearing a sensor-laden glove, Xu and Todorov's hand is capable of the same grips and hand positions we are. Many current industrial robots don’t require this degree of manipulative precision, but the next generation of bots will.

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Robotic Arms and Hands That Can Feel. The Bionic Eye. News Highlights:Squid Skin Protein May Charge Up Bioelectronic Devices. News Highlights:Google Smart Lens Technology Licensed by Novartis. New Finger Device Reads Books To The Blind. Novel Therapy Allows Paraplegic Patients To Regain Voluntary Movement. Using 3D Printing and Design To Change the Way We Look at Disability. Sci-Fi Style Prosthetic Arm Wins FDA Approval. Wireless Charger Could Power Implants. 3D Printed Device Detoxifies Blood Like a Liver. Intelligence™: Patentability of 3D-Printed Organs. Avec le masque Eidos, la vue et l’ouïe deviennent surhumaines. Google Seeks to Integrate Cameras Into Contact Lenses. Tough Snail Shell Could Inspire Better Body Armor. États-Unis : Un œil bionique implanté pour la première fois sur des patients. Science sans limite : la grossesse extérieure au corps humain bientôt réalisable.

Electronic Skin Can Store Data and Deliver Drugs. A Woman Has Been Given A New 3D Printed Skull. Witness A Deaf Woman Hear For The First Time. Logical Circuits Created With Slime Molds. Transfection Optimization for Improved Efficiency and Performance - The Cell Culture Dish - The Cell Culture Dish. 3D Printed Airway Saves Toddler’s Life. Des muscles artificiels en fil de pêche. Revolutionary membrane can keep your heart beating perfectly forever. 9 Implants that make human healthy body even more useful. Paralysés : bientôt des neuroprothèses pour restaurer le mouvement. Prosthesis Re-creates Sensation of Touch. Une prothèse rend le sens du toucher à un homme amputé de la main.